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In the news

Quality in Study Support

The Playing for Success (PfS) study centre at Manchester City FC recently became the seventh PfS centre to be achieve Quality in Study Support (QiSS) recognition at Advanced status. The other PfS study centres to achieve Advanced status are: Leeds United FC, Portsmouth FC, Crystal Palace FC, West Bromwich Albion FC, West Ham United FC, and Norwich City FC.
To date sixty four PfS centres have achieved Emerged status for the quality of their study support provision, twenty four centres have achieved Established status and seven Advanced status.
A list detailing the status of centres and further information about the QiSS recognition scheme can be found on the ' PfS and QiSS ' page of the website.

Playing for Success centres and video conferencing

A number of Playing for Success centres use video conferencing as part of their curriculum, undertaking joint sessions with other centres and enabling pupils to link up with their peers in other parts of the country. The Managers section of the PfS website now contains an up-to-date directory of centres with video conferencing facilities.

Playing for Success Mini World Cup Beach Soccer Tournament

The PfS Seagulls Learning Centre at Brighton & Hove Albion FC staged a succesful multimedia World Cup style Beach Soccer Tournament on Brighton seafront for primary school pupils during the summer. The tournament was a multimedia event where competitors created instant match reports on laptop computers, took digital photos, conducted player interviews and provided live commentary. A festival atmosphere was created with World Cup colour strips and national flags, as well as an empahsis on fair play and anti-racism.
The tournament ran over two days, with the girls event taking place on 12 June and the boys on 13 June. This was the first year the event has run, but it is hoped that its success will mean that in future years the tournament grows to include secondary school pupils.
To read a full account of the tournament please click on the following link: Mini World Cup Beach Soccer Tournament Report

Wooden Spoon Yorkshire sponsor the Wildcats Learning Zone

At the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v St Helens 'Super League XI' fixture on Sunday 2nd July, Edward Jennings from the Wooden Spoon Yorkshire Committee made a presentation of a cheque for £25,000 for the computer equipment in the Playing for Success Learning Zone Centre at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats RLFC.

Wooden Spoon is rugby's charity supporting projects for children and young people. Further information about the charity can be found on the
Wooden Spoon website.

Edward Jennings presenting a cheque to the Wildcats Learning Zone
Edward Jennings presenting a cheque to the
Learning Zone at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Playing for Success National Conference 2006 - "From Strength to Strength."

The eighth Playing for Success National Conference - "From Strength to Strength" was held at the Holiday Inn, Stratford upon Avon on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 May 2006. The programme contained a mix of plenary and workshop sessions aimed at key stakeholders within Playing for Success. John Amaechi, the first and only Briton to be inducted into the US Basketball Hall of Fame was this year's inspirational guest speaker.

John Amaechi at the Playing for Success National Conference.

For centres using PASS surveys

You may have recently found that following a PASS upgrade your password has changed from a memorable word to a 16 digit pin code. This can obviously be very difficult for children to input when logging on. For advice on a solution to this problem, please visit the latest news page in the Managers section of the PfS website.

Pete Goss puts Playing for Success in Pole position

Cornish sailor and adventurer, Pete Goss has given another boost to the profile of the Cornwall Playing for Success Charity, which he is promoting through his entry in the two-handed Round Britain and Ireland yacht race with Paul Larsen. In his latest venture Pete and team mate Alan Chambers MBE led a team of enthusiastic amateurs to the North Pole. On arriving at the Pole on 17th April, the team planted the Union Jack and flags of each of the charities they are supporting, with Pete planting the Cornwall Playing for Success Charity flag.

Pete Goss said, "I am really proud of the team and what they have achieved. It has been an exhausting and exciting adventure, but well worth the effort. I am especially pleased to see Cornwall Playing for Success on top of the world and look forward to taking the Charity around Britain and Ireland when I get back."

Pete Goss plants the Cornwall Playing for Success flag at the North Pole.


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